Addiction is a horrible, soul destroying beast. It can creep up on anyone, at any time. It always starts small and slowly takes over your life. It’s difficult to slow or reverse the process because it becomes such an ingrained aspect of yourself. Making the decision to make a change is the biggest step. So, first of all, congratulations for making it this far. Today, we’ll help you kick it for good. Whether it’s smoking, drinking or even drugs, follow these steps and you’ll be on the slow road to recovery.
- Accept it – They always say that the first step to recovery is accepting the problem. It really is true. Only when you come to that acceptance can make a change. You can look your habit in the eye and say “no more”.
- Understand your habit – The trick to killing a habit is really understanding it. Get deep inside the causes of its existence. What are your triggers? What causes you to pick up that cigarette or reach for the bottle of wine? This may be the toughest part and requires some emotional searching.
- Make a plan – No addiction can be kicked overnight. It’s simply not possible. An emotional attachment takes weeks, months, years to break. Sometimes, it never truly goes away. Start by reducing your intake and make a long term plan to kick it.
- Set goals – You won’t get anywhere without strong goals to stick to. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals. With addiction, it’s all about making those small steps every day.
- Tie it to an emotional goal – Often, a simple ‘stop smoking’ goal won’t work. Instead you need to tie that goal to something bigger. For example, ‘stop smoking to provide a healthier environment for my children’.
- Change your environment. – Once you understand your habit, change your environment to help remove triggers and urges. Surround yourself with positive people and limit the chances of relapse.
- Replace your urges – Your urges will never truly disappear, but you can replace them. If it’s cigarettes, try e-cigs or just replace the feeling of holding it with a pencil.
- Support groups – Sometimes, you just need the support of others to see things clearly. Inspiring stories and the support of those in a similar place will really help.
- Reward success – Don’t be too hard on yourself. Even the smallest steps forward are huge victories when it comes to addiction. Reward yourself when you reach certain goals.
- Don’t expect immediate results – Kicking addiction is a long battle. You’re in it for the long haul, take it day by day.
- Keep it gone – Kicking the addiction will be the hardest thing you ever do. Once it’s out of your life, that’s when the hard part starts. If you’ve been involved with drinking, join A Fresh Start To Sober Living. Communities like these help make sure it’s gone for good.
- Resist the relapse urge – This will be your single biggest challenge. Recognise your triggers and fight the urge. You’ve come so far!
Fighting an addiction is one of the biggest things you’ll do in life. Follow these steps and take it day by day. Good luck!